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If you have gone to a yoga class more than once, chances are, the word “chakras” have crossed your path. Chakras are believed to be psychicenergy centers that govern the human body. Chakra comes from the sanskrit word for “wheels”. They are supposedly located in seven different parts of our anatomy beginning from the base of the spine going up to the crown. Through the practice of yoga, these centers of vitality unite the mind to the body creating peace and well-being. Carolyn Myss,author of the Anatomy of the Spirit, went as far as identifying the diseases associated with specific psycho-spiritual dysfunctions in relation to the seven Chakras. Many scientists will tell you that there is no scientific basis for the chakras. There are no actual “wheels of light” rotating inside our bodies. But the context of ancient language may have been classically misinterpreted.Wheels are round objects that circulate along a center. So it may be talking about “circulations” more than actual wheels. If this is so, it may be safe to interpret the chakras as seven circulations of vital activities within our body. Perhaps modern science hasn’t found the chakras because they have not been looking at the right place. In 2007, Sandra and Mathew Blakeslee published a book entitled The Body has a Mind of its Own. In this book, they traced the history of “body maps”from the time of neuro-scientist Alfred Penfield. According to the book, Penfield successfully identified the functions of specific parts of the brain that run our bodies. He called this body map the humunculus which translates as “little man” in latin. The advancement of neuroscience has led to the discovery of more body maps within the brain. Now more than ever, we are seeing that the body is a mirror of the “the little man” on the top floor, the one inside the skull. We now know which part of the brain thinks of certain things. The footprints of the psyche can be observed at work during brain scans. We now knowwhich part of the brain lights up when we think of food, sex, religion or our next door neighbor. If we were to overlay a diagram of the chakras on a the human brain we will find a surprising match. It is as though the chakras are running down a little man crouched in a fetal position inside our skulls. The amazing coincidence is, notonly are the parts of the brain consistent with the thought processes of the chakragroupings, they are also the exact anatomical equivalents of the human body. THE SEVENTH CHAKRA: THE CONNECTION TO THE DIVINE LOCATION: CROWN The pre-frontal cortex, a feature of the human brain more developed than our ape cousins is the command center. Many studies have shown that higher states of concentration, free will, feelings of “oneness” and altruism are found in this region. If the brain was a little man crouching inside our skulls, the pre-frontal cortex is the crown of the brain, the way our crown is the crowns of our heads. It is located however on the forehead, not on the crown. As a chakra, the crown is where we connect with the Divine. If you are connected to a higher power, youfeel “one” with the universe resulting in altruism and harmony. THE SIXTHCHAKRA: THE CENTER THAT GOVERNS FORESIGHT. LOCATION : EYE REGION Next to the pre-frontal cortex is the rest of the frontal brain. Divided into two hemispheres, the left and the right each govern visual and verbal inputs. Theygather this information from the eyes and ears. Working with the lobes, sound and sight perception of the outside world negotiate within a thin membrane between the hemispheres known as the corpus callosum. The pineal gland thatlies right below it has been linked to visions and “third eye”experiences. The sixth chakra,also known as the third eye chakra governs sight and
With memory.commitment and relationships. the part that mediates emotions and memory. Usually portrayed as a coiled serpent. the right. the reptilian brain is in charge of body memory. THE THIRD CHAKRA: THE SEAT OF COURAGE LOCATION : THE SOLAR PLEXUS Below the medial brain are the three lobes: Parietal. This area is called works with the limbic system. You literally become what you think you are.Similarly the throat Chakra is associated with communication and expression. the front with the bottom and the left with the right together. deep in the medial brain is the thalamus region where the hypothalamus lies. a powerful primal force in yoga. A “female” and “male” in esoteric terms pertain tonegative and positive energies. the female nadi and Pingala.It isthe region of the brain that helps us produce speech. Dr. it is believed that when the Kundalini rises to the crown. is found here. with the right side governing the left and the left side. Descriptions of Nadis in various yoga texts depict it as a kind o fvessel of consciousness. It is the chakra that is responsible for seeing within the mind’s eye. In the human brain. They explained how someone thin can look at himself in the mirror and still see fatness that he grew up with. This area connects all parts.perception. It is mainly responsible for self-protection and the meeting o fbodily needs. These lobes enable the sensation of time and space. when altruism and forward thinking becomes an automatic program in your brain. It is like a reptile’s brain. you know where and who you are in relation to the world.spatial and emotional associations influencing action. John Ratey describes it as the “conductor” to the orchestra of the brain. The hypothalamus is like the heart of the brain. It works with Wernick’s area (found at the bottom of the parietal lobe) to produce and decode language. Below the throat chakra is the heart chakra. THE FIRSTCHAKRA : CONNECTION TO THE EARTH. is said to be responsible for the generation of emotions. In fact. These are traits that could aptly describe the hemispheres. It is responsible for the circulation of hormones the way the heart circulates the bloodstream all around the body. Occipital and Temporal. THE FIFTH CHAKRA: THE DOMAIN OF SELF-EXPRESSION LOCATION : THROAT Broca’s area is a small portion in the frontal brain.Neurologically speaking. Ida is associated with the left side of the body and Pingala. The Pons. a force that gathers is associated with the female and a force that gives or focuses is considered male. It is the interpretation of reality that gives the lobes its power to influence perception. . The Chakra that rules marriage.Perhaps. that is when you have achieved the awakening of the Kundalini.Driving. It is responsible for the desire for social dominance. also known as the reptilianbrain. lust and other unsavory human traits. causing more cravings for comfort foods. the right. The second chakra is where primal energy is derived from. THE ENERGY CENTER FOR SURVIVAL. right below the frontal eye field.it is said that the kundalini. connects the two halves of the cerebellum the way the thalamus region connects the hemispheres. LOCATION: THE HEART Beyond Broca’s area. the male nadi meet. LOCATION : THE REPRODUCTIVE AREA Below the lobes. mastery and awareness is achieved. It too.The amygdala is where fight or flight responses are decided.and separated from the cerebrum is the cerebellum. THE SECOND CHAKRA: THE CENTER OF HUMAN CREATIVITYAND POWER. It is also the seat of courage. The third chakra foundbelow the heart and the stomach is associated with identity. the amygdala is found within the Temporal lobe. playing the piano becomes an automatic thing in thispart of the brain. THE FOURTHCHAKRA : THE RULER OF LOVE. It is furtherdescribed as the channel where Ida. It is a major enabler of deliberate movement and the thermostat of the brain. riding a bike. HARMONY AND MARRIAGE. To be more precise. Sandra and Mathew Blakeslee talked about the influence of the lobes to body image in their book The Body Has a Mind of Its Own.
Dentitled the Brain the Changes Itself narrates how a woman who was born retarded succeeded in overcoming her disabilities through exercises that involve learning how to read clocks and tracing intricate lines. Her nameis Barbara Arrowsmith. Proving in general that exercising the body affects the mind. 3000 years ago. it will give you the same answer in the language that you can understand. founder of the Arrow smith Approach for overcoming mental disability. John Ratey’s newly released book Spark:the revolutionary science of exercise and the brain links the direct connection of achieving mental fitness through physical exercise.LOCATION : THE BASE OF THE SPINE AND THE FEET. breathing and excretions. But food and shelter issues are said to weaken the first chakra and cause back pains or diseases found in the legs and feet. Another book by Norman Doidge M. The root chakra is also also the chakra of survival. It gave rise to the practice of yoga and the knowledge of the energy centers called the chakras. This promise has been said before by mystics from the Upanishad period. If you bother to ask the question. Doidge’s books tates that through persistent exercise. The last part of the brain is the branch that connects it to the spinal column. When your basic needs are met. More and more. . the brain can heal itself. SCIENCE LINKS MENTAL HEALTH TO EXERCISE Dr. It is also in charge of sleep-wake cycles. your root chakra will behealthy. The brain stem regulates involuntary functions of the brain that keep itself and the body going. consciousness knows its own nature. This proves that the actions of the body changes the wiring of the brain. science and ancient wisdom are converging. This woman became a leader in the study of nuero-plasticity or the ability of the brain to change. How was it possible for the ancient mystics to arrive at the same conclusions we are only beginning to observe today in the 21st century? Perhaps the answer is.
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